Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Angina pectoris, Hypertension
Adult: Immediate-release: Initially, 5 or 10 mg bid increased if necessary at intervals of no less than 1 wk to max of 20 mg bid. Modified-release: Initially, 17 mg once daily, increased by 8.5 mg/wk (or longer intervals). Max: 34 mg once daily.
Elderly: Immediate-release: Initially, 5 or 10 mg once daily. Modified-release: Initially, 8.5 mg once daily.
Hepatic Impairment
Immediate-release: Initially, 5 or 10 mg once daily. Modified-release: Initially, 8.5 mg once daily.
Concomitant use w/ CYP3A4 inducers.
Special Precautions
Patients w/ severe aortic stenosis, heart failure, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) w/ outflow tract obstruction. Hepatic impairment. Elderly. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Dizziness, headache, peripheral oedema, chest pain, angina exacerbation, palpitations, vasodilation, pharyngitis, sinusitis, nausea, rash.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor BP carefully during the initial admin or if there is subsequent upward dose adjustment.
Symptoms: Hypotension. Management: Symptomatic and supportive treatment. Monitor CV and resp function. Elevation of extremities, use of Ca infusion, pressor agents and fluid may be necessary.
Drug Interactions
May increase serum levels w/ CYP3A4 inhibitors. Increased levels w/ cimetidine. Increased antihypertensive effect w/ atenolol. Propranolol attenuated heart rate increase following intake of immediate-release nisoldipine. Reduced bioavailability w/ quinidine. Increased quinidine levels w/ immediate-release nisoldipine.
Potentially Fatal: Concomitant use w/ potent CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. phenytoin) may decrease nisoldipine plasma concentration to undetectable levels.
Food Interaction
High-fat food increases peak concentration. Avoid grapefruit-containing foods and beverages as it increases peak concentrations and oral bioavailability of nisoldipine. Levels may be reduced w/ St John's wort.
Description: Nisoldipine is a dihydropyridine Ca channel blocker. It inhibits the movement of Ca ions into vascular smooth muscle and cardiac muscle. It reversibly competes w/ other dihydropyridines for binding to the Ca channel.
Duration: >24 hr.
Absorption: Well absorbed from the GI tract. High-fat food increases peak concentration. Bioavailability: Approx 4-8%.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: >99%.
Metabolism: Undergoes rapid and extensive first-pass metabolism in the gut wall and liver.
Excretion: Via urine (approx 60-80%) and faeces (remaining dose as metabolites). Terminal elimination half-life: Approx 7-12 hr.
Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light and moisture.
MIMS Class
Calcium Antagonists
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